Never say never
Hey there fearLESS friends. Today I'm sharing a bit more about my wellness journey and some pictures of when I did henna as a form of emotional healing in 2012.
Back then I was told I would NEVER have hair again after losing it all in May of 2011. I'd developed brain lesions and alopecia universalis (AU) as a result of remicade infusions and medications to treat a diagnosis of Crohn's disease. In 2011 my world drastically changed, not just physically but also emotionally and spiritually. This was an extremely difficult time for me and I had to make some tough decisions. One was to sink or swim, or as I like to call it "spiral up or spiral down." You have a choice. I chose to spiral up.
You see, AU means no hair on your entire person, none; think mannequin. I even joked that I would be better off trying to apply at a retail store for that position than trying to continue my professional life as a special educator.
I decided with the help of my students to ditch the wigs and embrace my baldness. I had asked them to vote on wig or no wig.They made the best case when they said "Miss you've always taught us to be ourselves. Just be you miss, rock you, no wig." In that moment I knew I would never wear a wig again. I even let them tattoo my head with washable tats to model that different was okay.
Stress was also something that needed to be dealt with. I made lots of changes in my diet, my environment, my exercise routines, my workplace and my daily activities. Instead of rescuing everyone and everything else, it became abundantly clear that it was time to rescue myself.